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Olympics News Archive - April 2008

On this page we have archived news items from April 2008. Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external sites and some of the pages on these sites may have been changed or removed since we added them here.

Woodbridge in no hurry for medals
Shropshire Olympic hopeful Nick Woodbridge is looking on this summer's games in Beijing as a dry run for a medal chase at London in 2012.
2nd April 2008

IOC welcomes your views on the Games
In the first 'virtual Olympic Congress', members of the public are invited to give their views on five main themes. Topics range from the Olympic Games themselves to how to get young people more active.
2nd April 2008

Search for Handball Arena contractor begins
Goalball Goalball in action The search has started for the contractor to build the Handball Arena - one of the last major construction opportunities in the Olympic Park. Over 150 businesses attended an Industry Day to hear plans for the Arena.
2nd April 2008

London 2012 hosts hotel accommodation seminar
Hoteliers and accommodation providers have the chance to find out how they can benefit from the London 2012 Games at a seminar for the accommodation industry.
3rd April 2008

New Olympic Park aerial images released
New aerial photographs and film footage of the Olympic Park have been released. The images show the rapid progress that has been made to dig the Stadium bowl which will contain the field of play and lower tiers of seating.
4th April 2008

Beijing Olympic Torch completes London leg
Sir Steve Redgrave started the Relay at Wembley Stadium and the Torch continued its journey across 10 boroughs in London. It was carried by a total of 80 Torchbearers including Sir Trevor McDonald, Theo Walcott, London 2012 hopefuls and community heroes.
7th April 2008

New panel appointed to help avoid disputes
The Independent Dispute Avoidance Panel (IDAP) will help the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and its contractors to avoid any potential disputes that could affect the delivery of the Olympic Park and other London 2012 venues.
8th April 2008

UK firms sign venue contracts
Balfour Beatty has won the contract to build the Aquatics Centre and 'Team Stadium' (Sir Robert McAlpine, HOK Sport and Buro Happold) were confirmed as the contractor for the Olympic Stadium.
8th April 2008

Ones To Watch: Roberto Pavoni
A profile on Roberto Pavoni, sixteen years of age and already a double British swimming champion.
9th April 2008

Shortlist announced for bridge contracts
The companies shortlisted to deliver two packages of structures and bridges for the Olympic Park have been announced.
9th April 2008

Buses for Olympic Park workers boost sustainability
A new bus service service will transport workers between construction areas and venues within the Park. It will greatly reduce the number of cars on local roads, bringing environmental benefits, reducing local congestion, and will boost local employment.
9th April 2008

BT announces London 2012 Ambassador team
Top sports stars including Dame Kelly Holmes have been named as part of a new 'London 2012 Ambassadors' programme launched today by BT.
14th April 2008

Marathon marks Games centenary
Yesterday's London Marathon marked 100 years since the official distance of 26.2 miles was set, at the London 1908 Olympic Games.
14th April 2008

New Canoeing venue to leave major attraction after the Games
The new venue for the London 2012 Canoe/Kayak Slalom events has been confirmed as the Showground in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. It will become a White Water Canoe Centre after the Games.
16th April 2008

Taking aim for Beijing 2008
With the Beijing Olympics coming soon, one of the region's biggest medal hopes is hoping to hit his targets in search of victory. Michael Peart is a professional archer and he's spending summer trying to perfect his aim at the Suffolk
16th April 2008

Olympic hope for Otters
Two swimmers at one of Dorset's most successful swimming clubs have been selected to be a part of Britain's 2012 Targeted Training Squad, Blast reporter James Tiller went to Ferndown Otters to find out more.
17th April 2008

Highest safety standards are met on Olympic Park
Over two million working hours without a reportable accident have been reached on the Olympic Park site.
17th April 2008

London 2012 roadshow marks talent contest final
The wait is almost over for the finalists of the London 2012 talent competition, with voting closing tomorrow for the chance to perform at the Handover Celebrations in August in London.
17th April 2008

Countdown to 2012 in Dorset - Olympic hope for Otters
Two swimmers at one of Dorset's most successful swimming clubs have been selected to be a part of Britain's 2012 Targeted Training Squad, Blast reporter James Tiller went to Ferndown Otters to find out more.
17th April 2008

London 2012 commits to sustainable sourcing
The London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) today showed further commitment to staging a truly sustainable Games by becoming a member of the 'Supplier Ethical Data Exchange' (Sedex).
18th April 2008

Halsall eager for Olympic glory
Liverpool's Fran Halsall wants to use this summer's Beijing Olympics as a stepping stone towards a gold medal at London 2012. She will compete in three events in China, including the 100m freestyle.
24th April 2008

Olympic Park soil cleaned by tiny bugs
Bacteria, fungi and other microbes will completely clean the soil so it can be reused elsewhere on the Park. The process does not generate any waste, significantly reducing the amount of material being taken to landfill sites.
25th April 2008

London 2012 on 'ambush' alert
Ambush marketing campaigns are bound to be as big a part of the 2012 Olympics in London as they are around any other major sporting event. There are currently three people working full-time as the 2012 brand protection team, and that team will be 'ramped
25th April 2008

Tallest building in Park demolished
A demolition machine weighing 45 tonnes has started systematically dismantling the 12 storey building on the Olympic Park site, which was formerly University of East London student accommodation. It has been derelict for a number of years.
25th April 2008

Design team appointed for Olympic Park venues
The contract to design a group of venues in the north of the Olympic Park has been awarded. Stanton Williams will transform the former community sports centre in Eton Manor, disused since 2001, to provide a range of sporting facilities during the Games.
29th April 2008

Major utilities contracts awarded
The contracts for water, gas, communications and electrical services across the Park have been awarded. These new facilities will help to develop the site for the Games and support the communities that will live in the area after the Games.
29th April 2008

UK public want to see more Paralympic sport
A recent survey shows 69 per cent of the UK public would like to see more media coverage of Paralympic sport. 93 per cent of those polled believe Paralympic athletes are good role models for young people.
1st May 2008

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